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Humane Societies Help Control LBI Feral Cat Population [PHOTOS]

The Associated Humane Societies held a spay and neuter clinic with its new mobile truck

Harvey Cedars' feral fats were in for a surprise Friday when members of the Associated Humane Societies and others, including General Manager of John Bergmann, did a spay and neuter clinic.

“They’re surgeying themselves away,” Bergmann said on Friday morning.

The Associated Humane Societies called the borough last week when they were planning to catch the feral cats overnight and transport them to be spayed and neutered, Bergmann said.

In October, the Associated Humane Societies purchased a mobile spay and neuter clinic that they were able to utilize effectively at Harvey Cedars, Bergmann said. The vehicle is stationed at the north facility.

Feral cats are especially prominent on the island, he said of the animals that were born wild, then domesticated, and returned to the wild.

“This will severely cut into the population,” Bergmann said.

Trapper Linda Bonvie was excited to get started on Thursday evening, she said. The group made their last round just after midnight and were “highly successful” as 25 cats were trapped.

“I think it’s going to be a great experience,” she said. “It will really make a difference.”

The whole process is “amazing,” Brooke Dalton Folino said. Folino used to work with Animal Rescue in Tuckerton for seven years and is now a freelancer.

The cats were undergoing surgery by veterinarians as she spoke and kittens were being bottle fed, she said.

“It’s a busy day,” she said.

The clinic, which they plan to do again in the future, will cut down significantly on the feral cat population.

“They won’t be sending out new generations,” she said. “Through attrition, the population reduces. It’s been proven to be the best way to control the population.”

Once the feral cats are trapped and spayed or neutered, they have to be returned to where they were found, she explained. The trappers are then responsible to feed and house the cats by developing a home base.

But since they’re wild, they cannot be cuddled or treated like domestic animals, she said.

Many residents of Harvey Cedars have stepped up, she said. One family takes care of 24 feral cats.

“It’s people being responsible,” she said.

The group hopes to set up future dates in Harvey Cedars and elsewhere for spay and neuter clinics, Bergmann said.

“Right now we’re just getting started,” he said. “We’ll take it from here.”

 

Clark P April 03, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Be cautious about suggesting that any cats harvested outdoors be used for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible. There's no way to know the cats' vaccination histories, if any, nor their exposure to all the diseases cats carry (many having NO VACCINES). If a cat has contracted rabies a vaccination later will do no good. There's no reliable known test for rabies on live cats. They need to be destroyed after they are trapped. This is precisely why all wild-harvested animals intended for the pet-industry must undergo a quarantine up to 6 months before transfer or sale of those animals. You're just risking this following story happening in every shelter across the land. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/09/23/2631106/rabid-cat-adopted-from-wake-county.html Adopting any cat that's been taken from outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette. Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you'll never be rid of the feral-cat problem.
Clark P April 03, 2012 at 07:44 AM
These are just the diseases they've been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, and Tularemia can now also be added to that list. Cat-Transmitted PLAGUE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908 http://www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07July/072811/webplague.html Tularemia (rabbit-fever, transmissible to humans): http://www.news-gazette.com/news/health/miscellaneous/2011-09-14/cats-savoy-test-positive-rabbit-fever.html http://www.westyellowstonenews.com/news/article_02fceec6-f695-11e0-b752-001cc4c002e0.html Flea-borne Typhus: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-317133-animals-cases.html
Clark P April 03, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Their most insidious disease of all, cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their feces into all other animals. This is how it gets into meats and humans get it from meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won't suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. It's now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is now also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastal areas from cats' T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land. Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are actually attracted to cat urine. scitizen.com/neuroscience/parasite-hijacks-the-mind-of-its-host_a-23-509.html Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area.
Notbricktrash April 06, 2012 at 04:27 AM
I would check the local shelters, also craigslist, and also petfinder.com
Kelly July 15, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Average bear - theres a few cats hanging around near our house around 65th. One black cat, one gray kitten (6 months old or so), a calico... We started seeing them when we came down for the weekend in April or early may and have seen them a few times in the last couple weeks as well. I can't be sure one of these is your cat - I saw the black one dart across the road at night, but if your cat is still missing you may want to hang around the 60s block. I'll let you know if I get a better sighting of the black one! Kelly

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